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Matte Prime

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ULTAMatte Prime
 
4.2

(based on 321 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (267)
  • Smooth (251)
  • Lightweight (240)
  • Long lasting (179)
  • Blends well (109)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (24)
  • Causes breakouts (14)
  • Doesn't stay on (13)
  • Heavy (9)
  • Irritates skin (9)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (210)
  • All skin types (126)
  • Going out (108)
  • Sensitive skin (66)
  • Travel (62)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (126), Classic style (115), Trendy style (61)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (139), Medium (135), Deep (31)

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5.0

Amazing

By Blue

from Kettering, OH

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Helps with oily skin
  • Lasts All Day
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Going Out
    • Oily Skin

    Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

    Works really well with how oily my skin on, and it lasts all day with my foundation.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works well for controlling shine!

    By Gabby Love

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Trendy Style

    Pros

    • Extends makeup wear
    • Mattifies T Zone

    Cons

    • Can Be Easily Used Incorrectly

    Best Uses

    • Mattify Face

    Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

    The first few times I used this I was using waaaay too much product, so it didn't work out for me. My makeup was sliding off way faster and I looked twice as shiny!

    But then I learned how to use primers correctly. First off, all you need is a teeny tiny bit for it to work! I use a tiny amount and rub it between my fingers to thin it out, then apply to my oily areas. Also, I don't rub it on as if it was a moisturizer, I dab or press it in to the skin. And lastly, I let it sink in to my pores for a few minutes before applying foundation.

    This stuff is a real life saver for me, i even prefer it over the too faced primed and poreles primer.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    4.0

    Love it

    By Gracie

    from Alexandria, Louisiana

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

          Very smooth. Great primer!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          3.0

          Great for Special events, but doesn't hold for a full day

          By Mercadeiz

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Can Use Without Makeup
          • Fills pores
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Doesn't Stay On

          Best Uses

          • Going Out

          Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

          I really like this primer. It makes my skin feel super smooth and really fills in pores to make foundation and concealer glide on smooth. The salicylic acid helps to keep breakouts down very well; I've found myself using it without makeup sometimes. The only caveat to this product is that the shine free greatness doesn't last very long. It was great for a wedding ceremony and taking pictures afterwards, but on a regular day I'm shiny right after lunch time. I'll continue to keep this product on hand for special events and to use on those days where I need a little more than Oxy for a pesky breakout, but I will probably need something longer lasting for all day coverage.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Deep
           
          2.0

          meh

          By Deedlit118

          from Knoxville, TN

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Easy To Take-off
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Doesn't Stay On
          • Ineffective

          Best Uses

            Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

            I have an oily T-zone and thought this would be perfect to help keep my foundation in place. Sadly, it did absolutely nothing to help keep my skin matte. Within a few hours, my skin was just as oily as if I had not done anything to it. I'm am still on the search for the perfect primer for oily skin.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            5.0

            Best Primer Ever!!

            By Mimi

            from Louisiana

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Easy To Take-off
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Natural Looking
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

                Goes on silky smooth. Great matte finish. No need to reapply powder later in the day. One of my favorite products!! Love it.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                3.0

                Not bad

                By Nerissa

                from Connecticut

                About Me Classic Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Easy To Take-off
                • Lightweight
                • Natural Looking
                • Smooth

                Cons

                • Doesn't Stay Matte
                • Not long lasting

                Best Uses

                • Short Term Wear

                Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

                Very smooth finish under my foundation. It just doesn't stay matte as long as I would like it to, I work usually 9 hour shifts and my face is shiny half way throughout shift. Overall it is a decent product.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Deep
                 
                5.0

                Primer

                By ladyvia

                from Summerfield, FL

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday

                  Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

                  I use it daily just prior to putting on my tinted moisturizer

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  Love this!!!

                  By Karla

                  from San Antonio

                  About Me Classic Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Long Lasting
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • All Skin Types
                    • Everyday

                    Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

                    This is the BEST primer! It goes on so smooth and doesn't leave my face oily, which is a first since I have oily skin! I've tried many and this one rocks! I wait for the sales and always stock up! Super value!

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    highly recommend!!!!

                    By Melanie

                    from Elmira, ny

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Blends Well
                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Easy To Take-off
                    • Good Pigmentation
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting
                    • Natural Looking
                    • Smooth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about ULTA Matte Prime:

                      Never used a primer before this.. This stuff is awesome! Smooths skin out and makes foundation last a lot longer!!!!

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair

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                      • Q:

                        Is this primer okay for sensitive skin? Does it have a fragrance?
                        Asked on 6/25/2015 by Laura from Orlando, FL

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          This product is fragrance-free and formulated for all skin types. It is oil-free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging). It is formulated with an active ingredient: salicylic acid. If you are sensitive to salicylic acid, we would not recommend this product for you. A better option for those who are sensitive to salicylic acid would be the Flawless Prime, which is also paraben-free, fragrance-free and noncomedogenic and formulated without salicylic acid. Flawless Prime features a neutralizing green tint that helps to cancel out redness, ideal for sensitive skin that is prone to redness:
                          http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2570089

                          Answered on 6/25/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                      • Q:

                        Does this primer reduce the appearance of large pores?
                        Asked on 6/6/2015 by DeeDee from Phoenix, AZ

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Yes, this primer features a silicone base that "fills in" fine lines and pores to lessen their appearance for a silky smooth finish.

                          Answered on 6/8/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                      • Q:

                        How is this product different from the Fabulous Face Foundation Primer (FFFP)? Does it offer the same amount of coverage as the FFFP?
                        Asked on 5/22/2015 by CGSpring

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          ULTA Matte Prime is oil-free and formulated with 1.5% salicylic acid to keep skin clear of blemishes. It also features mattifying powders to reduce shine for a lasting matte finish.

                          Both Matte Prime and Fabulous Face Foundation Primer (Item #: 2231749) are paraben-free, help to extend the wear of foundation, ensure smooth and even application of your foundation, and both dry invisibly (no coverage).

                          Answered on 5/27/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                      • Q:

                        is this product water proof?
                        Asked on 4/5/2015 by hails from chandler az

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          We do not claim that this product is waterproof, though it does feature a long wearing formula and helps to extend the wear of your foundation.

                          Answered on 4/7/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        I have very oily skin will this help the oil to stop and not make my face look oily?
                        Asked on 3/14/2015 by nat from US

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          The salicylic acid and mattifying powders within Matte Prime's formula will help to keep your skin shine-free and to prevent breakouts and pore congestion.

                          Answered on 3/17/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        The previous Ulta primer was awesome, except for the pump. Is this the same primer just in a different container?
                        Asked on 12/6/2014 by JPPMom from Apex, NC

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Yes, exactly! Matte Prime is the same exact formula in updated packaging.

                          Answered on 12/9/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        Can I use both this primer and the ulta bb cream together? Would that be better or should I just use one, and if yes which one primer or bb cream?
                        Asked on 11/21/2014 by Fany from Turlock, California

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Because BB Cream Beauty Balm SPF 20 provides priming benefits, you may wish to use it alone rather than layer it over a primer; however, if you have especially oily or blemish-prone skin, you can certainly layer Matte Prime underneath BB Cream to help keep skin mattified and shine-free, since Matte Prime is formulated with salicylic acid to treat acne and balance oil production.

                          Answered on 11/24/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        is this primer non-comedogenic?
                        Asked on 10/20/2014 by Ashe from US

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Yes, this primer is noncomedogenic, meaning that it won't clog pores or cause breakouts. It works wonderfully for all skin types, especially oily and/or acne-prone skin!

                          Answered on 10/22/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        Should I use this primer before or after concealer?
                        Asked on 10/12/2014 by Shawnda from United States

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Apply Matte Prime before applying concealer.

                          Answered on 10/13/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        I have extremely oily skin and find that primers with silica in them tend to separate and make my skin even oilier. Will this primer do that on my skin?
                        Asked on 10/7/2014 by Blue Queen from Bowling Green, KY

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          No, this primer is ideal for oily/very oily skin that is prone to breakouts, and it should not separate on your skin. Apply just a pea-sized amount to your entire face for best results. The salicylic acid and mattifying powders will help to keep your skin shine-free and to prevent breakouts and pore congestion.

                          Answered on 10/8/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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